'That was a big-league play' and homefield advantage

2010-07-02T23:23:00Z 2010-07-02T23:41:49Z 'That was a big-league play' and homefield advantageMike Scherting The Billings Gazette
July 02, 2010 11:23 pm  • 

It's pretty evident even this early in the Pioneer League season that one of the joys of watching the Billings Mustangs will be to see what Billy Hamilton does next.

Hamilton, drafted in the second round as a shortstop out of high school last year, is seeing some time at second base this season with the Mustangs. He played his fifth game there on Friday night, and turned in a couple highlight-worthy plays. I could explain them, but it'd be better to watch them ...

What'd you think?

For his part, Hamilton said he's enjoying second base, calling it his "second home."

Manager Delino DeShields said the 19-year-old is a bit rough around the edges, but that should soon change.

"He's very athletic," DeShields said. "Billy learns fast. If we get past what it looks like and just look at the results, I think he's going to be fine."

** The Mustangs split their brief two-game homestand with the Helena Brewers, winning Thursday night 4-0 and losing Friday night 4-1.

They hit the road again Saturday morning for a four-game series in Great Falls, meaning the Mustangs will have played 10 of their last 12 games on the road.

"I don't know if we have a real homefield advantage yet," DeShields said. "This is such a young team so getting on the road can be a good thing."

** The Mustangs have now seen the three other teams in the North Division. Heading into Saturday's play they are 4-8, five games behind division-leading Helena.

"I think we're right there in the mix," DeShields said. "There's a lot of baseball left to play, but from what we've seen so far we can play with anybody.

"Helena's a good ball club. They don't make mistakes, they swing the bat good, they got good pitching. To me, they're the team to beat in our division."


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